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12 Feb 2018 00:42:20
Have been hearing repeatedly since he joined that Jose needs 2/ 3/ 4 windows to turn us into a top team again. So which of his signings so far can we categorically call a resounding success? Not many I dare say.

One thing I cannot stand above anything in an elite level footballer is a lack of football intelligence. And I must say there seems to be a severe lack of grey matter in our team. Whether it's the players or the coaching or a bit of both, we look a yard off the other top teams in terms of ideas, movement, slickness, composure. Somehow it feels we can continue splashing money but the approach and tempo won't change.


1.) 12 Feb 2018 06:47:21
"severe lack of grey matter in our team"
Precisely. 100% agree.

2.) 12 Feb 2018 11:33:52
I think we have had varying degrees of success from all of Jose’s signings to be honest. Until about 2 weeks ago Pogba had been our best player this season, he has a couple of bad games (I think he was ill yesterday anyway) and suddenly he’s an awful signing.

We are missing Bailly a lot at centre half, I would like lindelof to get a go to be honest, lukaku has improved his game a lot, Matic is having a bit of a bad spell hit at the start of the season everyone was raving about him. We aren’t playing well but don’t think we are far off to be honest.

3.) 12 Feb 2018 12:00:03
Sometimes I wonder about the intelligence displayed by our players, the simple things like passing to a player in space seems beyond their logic, they seem more comfortable passing a three yard pass to a colleague that is surrounded by three or four opposition players.

4.) 12 Feb 2018 21:58:07
Picking out the main signings:
Bailly- class centre back when playing, looked a great signing last year. Been out as much as he's played, but that's just bad luck.

Pogba - under the negative spotlight now but even when his stock was high earlier this season he still had a massive question mark over his big game credentials for me. Misused by Jose or is he simply coming up short when it matters?
Zlatan - no one can argue with his goals contribution last year but would have to go down as a two-thirds season wonder for me, and that's accounting for his terrible injury. Resigning him was a joke.

Matic - started off superbly but I'm struggling with him. Is he knackered, is he being overused/ overworked, or is he simply past his best in terms of being the midfield rock over a full season?

I can't see him getting better next season, or the one after.
Miki - got rid as soon as we got a chance. Wrong player for this team and manager.
Lukaku - although I never wanted him and still don't, I've felt for him of late, as he's worked his socks off and vastly improved his link play, but gets next to nothing in terms of the right service. Not the right striker for us.

Lindelof - for a manager like Jose who goes out of his way to prove his decisions right, it amazes me how little faith he's shown in this guy, even with the smalling and Jones double act on show. Question marks.

So, how many more windows?




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04 Jan 2021 22:23:30
Excellent result tonight Saints!

It has to be full strength against city in the Milk Cup, we need to make a final. And if we can squeeze a result then for me it has to be a fairly second string in the FA Cup on the weekend as the Burnley game is simply a must win, with even more interest now.

We could then head to Anfield with just a draw being a brilliant result (if it wasn’t already) and you never know what.

More importantly, is it true that Ole knocked Red Man's pint out of his hand in Hacienda's back in the day and didn't replace it? If so, unforgivable! 😂.


1.) 04 Jan 2021 22:31:53
I would rest a couple tomorrow, I don't think we will tho.

2.) 04 Jan 2021 23:04:14
Who do you rest jred?
Maguire awb bruno rash are the only ones that play most weeks.
I thought rash looked a bit tired awb just had a rest bruno and harry play when fit.
All the others are rotated regularly anyway.
We need to start winning. It might sound silly but winning this cup could inspire them to the title.

3.) 04 Jan 2021 23:20:42
Watford at home in the fa cup 3rd round on saturday, surely the game to rest players as opposed to a semi final against city.

4.) 04 Jan 2021 23:27:39
Rash and bruno , I don't think we will tho . I would also give henderson a game
I personally couldn't care less about the efl cup but others will.

5.) 04 Jan 2021 23:56:18
I think henderson is a certainty i think bruno should play. Rash looks knackered.
All competitions are important as far as I'm concerned. The best teams and managers strive to win every trophy. Sure the are times when you would prioritise but note when you've never won anything like our manager and most of our players. None of them would turn their nose up at the efl nor should they. Paisley pep fergie jose all won it more than once. Those are they guys to follow for winning mentality imo.

6.) 05 Jan 2021 06:11:35
Fergy played the kids on many occasions.

7.) 05 Jan 2021 08:24:43
In semi finals? I don't remember that.

8.) 05 Jan 2021 09:07:15
Ken i'm not surprised .

9.) 05 Jan 2021 10:35:17
I don’t see the logic in resting Rashford and Bruno in a semi final against our City rivals.

We have a full 6 days before our next PL fixture after this semi final, and an FA Cup 3rd round game against a championship side looks the more logical fixture to rest our key players.

Just don’t get that logic sorry jred.

10.) 05 Jan 2021 11:10:08
Wazza it would be handy to give a couple a rest imo and this may well be the last chance .
We rested rash martial against Everton telles henderson tuenz VDB all started against Everton in the last round no-one battered an eye .
I don't really mind either way.

11.) 05 Jan 2021 11:22:43
I would rest a couple in the fa as well.

12.) 05 Jan 2021 11:43:16
A QF against Everton isn’t the same as a SF against City.

This is an opportunity to get to a final, and it could be against Jose. Go all out for the win I say.

You mention it’s the last chance to rest players. We have a chance to rest players in the very next fixture.

Strongest team vs City, then 11 changes for the Watford game.

13.) 05 Jan 2021 11:51:06
First team tomorrow, second team In FA Cup, first team then ready for 2 very big games.

14.) 05 Jan 2021 13:59:04
Depends on the mentality.



21 Nov 2020 22:19:45
We are top (half) of the league!




22 Sep 2020 10:19:10
Got to love Patrice Evra. Came out and blasted some senior people at the club with some home truths, which he will have better insight than most into.

Certain ex players involved in the media will not speak the truth in case they ruin their chances of a cushy job with the club (like first team manager?! ), but this guy speaks from the heart.

Some senior leaches with zero football knowledge and interest, who are involved in football matters in our club, need to be smoked out. Sadly little chance of this happening.


1.) 22 Sep 2020 10:44:53
i got to say, it was emotional watching uncle pat. i think a lot of us are feeling what he said to a degree.
There is no point in blaming people though. No one turns up to work job wanting to do a bad job. The incompetence is a problem because we don't have people who can support them or even spot what is going wrong. There is no one with any experience of what good looks like in a football club who is allowed to pull the strings.

2.) 22 Sep 2020 11:15:39
He’s a confrontational character, but hopefully his outburst is not in vain. I think the club are rather fortunate no fans can attend right now in many ways otherwise there would be huge protests about how they are running the club.



25 Jul 2020 17:36:42
Eds or anyone else who knows, what are the implications this season of finishing 3rd or 4th with regards to the champions league qualifying round, and when it will likely be played? Cheers.

Massive one tomorrow and I just hope we are awake right from the start for a change, we know Leicester will be.


{Ed002's Note - All sides qualify for the group stages so there is no difference in the big scheme of things. 20/21 October will see the start of the Group stage.

1.) 25 Jul 2020 22:33:21
Thanks Ed. Good to know a draw really will be good enough!



18 Jun 2018 23:51:00
Much needed result for England, a nice change from the regularly disappointing opening result.

It was much like watching United at times and that was largely down to Young doing lots of nothing in the final third.

Right now there's an 80% chance of Young and Valencia being our starting full backs again next season, which is slightly soul destroying if I'm honest.


1.) 19 Jun 2018 08:32:14
According to the commentary and pundits it was the best football so far seen at this World Cup, world class and like City of last season 😂 oh and that unbearable Russian heat 😂.

2.) 19 Jun 2018 09:59:00
First half they played well.

I agree Young is a frustrating, but he did lay a certain goal on for Lingard who fluffed his lines by stepping backwards to shoot rather than stepping in and heading home a sitter.

In a back 5 i think you need a player who can go down the outside and cross, that is not Young.

3.) 19 Jun 2018 10:37:08
The balance seems off with young at left wing back. Call me old fashioned but I prefer to have my left back left footed and right back right footed. When rose played against Costa Rica he provided good width and stretched the opposition defence. Young cuts in too much and it’s obvious what he will do. He can put in a decent ball but not enough. Think rashford, Loftus Cheek and rose should replace sterling, alli, young for the next game.

4.) 19 Jun 2018 11:24:18
Sterling was terrible, he should of been taken off from the start of the second half. Loftus Cheek made a massive difference when he come on as did Rashford. I think Loftus Cheek has to start in the next game. I would also bring Rose in for young and swap Walker over to fullback.
Walker Stones Maguire
Trippier (Henderson or Dier) Loftus Cheek Rose
Ali Rashford

5.) 19 Jun 2018 11:55:01
Welsh. Bitter, much? :)

6.) 19 Jun 2018 12:04:07
I just love how the range of bias is from best we’ve seen at the tournament to excuses like the heat has been underestimated. Ken’s team could get through that World Cup group lol.

7.) 19 Jun 2018 13:54:28
Not just commentators.

On here yesterday.

Belgium cruise to a 3-0 win.
Beast - that was absolute dog s**t.

England look like a somewhat decent team for 10 min.
Beast - strips off to pants, and starts doing the John Barnes rap.




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25 Jun 2020 18:54:41
Thanks Ed. To my untrained eye those seem easily solvable issues. I guess it’s when they start to make demands about guaranteed opportunities or silly money it starts to get complicated.
Yes seems a clear business model for the German clubs, trading these kids as financial assets (which is ultimately what footballers now are? ) . Working well for Dortmund.




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25 Jun 2020 18:10:32
Surprised and disappointed to see the Ed say this a few times. Nick Cox is the head of academy right? What are we doing wrong?
Fact is I see very few academy players make it as first team regulars at the very big clubs, certainly in England.
Ed is it all about the lack of a development plan and route to the first team, or is it also agents/ third parties driving some of these kids’ demands?
We still seem to be able to sign some top prospects from around Europe (at least when we splash the cash on wages) .


{Ed002's Note - It is largely the failure to have a plan for each player - that might include loans, training with the first team squad and moving forward. There is also a growing issue where youngsters want too much too soon - and that is why several German sides are constantly attending youth games in England.}



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01 Jun 2019 15:01:23
Rumour of the window so far! Like it Ken.

That would be a cracking summer of business Perth.
Still feel we need a quality striker.




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19 Apr 2019 10:58:27
Very interesting thanks for the info Ed.

Must admit I know little or nothing of many of those which, considering our recent transfer record, might actually be a good thing! I just want a new wave of hungry, up and coming players in our team.

Sell anyone who has doubts about staying and taking on the huge challenge of turning us into contenders. Or those that want to stay but are total rubbish.




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10 Mar 2019 08:42:51
Nice one Ed. Have a good one.


{Ed001's Note - you too Rave.}




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07 Feb 2021 11:01:31
jred if we played well we would have won comfortably.
Very good performances from some players, offset by very poor performances from others, does not constitute a good performance overall.

Those that had poor performances were no real surprise. De gea and maguire are, depressingly, our two most senior players and very often cause their own problems. Maguire is a throwback centre half from the 80s, not dynamic at all and afraid to lead a high defensive line.
De gea has no command of his own box, is slow to come off his line and often cowardly in his approach.
This is the worlds costliest defender and highest paid goalkeeper by the way.

Ole’s passive approach and lack of in game management, coupled with a lack of experience and calibre in his support team, mean I struggle to see us ever winning silver under this regime.
However, he will likely continue to do just enough to justify him not being replaced, with the occasional good run of results and probably champions league qualification.




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07 Feb 2021 10:40:58
Great post GRD. Spot on for me.




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14 Dec 2020 20:06:19
Love it Shappy. Keep it up and don’t change 👊🏽.




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02 Dec 2020 22:02:06
Oldest rule in management. You get lucky with a red, especially in the champions league, you take your man off. Shame the excuse for a Manchester United manager seems new to this sport.




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25 Oct 2020 10:39:27
Hundred percent correct.